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Paperback edition of Cann's extraordinary tour de force that examines the impact of faith and fanaticism on a community beleaguered by war. Set during the early part of the Second World War, Articles of Faith follows the fortunes of Campbell and Gig, two children who move to the shipbuilding town of Clydebank, with their alcoholic father. Both come within the orbit of Miss Aherne, their strict but charismatic primary school teacher, although she is particularly drawn to Gig. As the reader experiences life in the war-torn town as Campbell and Gig see it, meeting a fascinating cast of characters, each coping with the privations of conflict and poverty in their own way, it becomes clear that Miss Aherne is t all she seems. As an all-out aerial assault on the shipyards by the Luftwaffe draws near - the infamous Clydebank Blitz - tensions within the community rise. It's left to Campbell and his friend Danny to expose Miss Aherne's real agenda before tragedy befalls them all. Articles of Faith is Cann's greatest achievement to date, a beautifully rendered portrait of a community in crisis, exploring themes of love, loss and family, and the consequences of fanaticism for the incent.
Michael Cannon was born and brought up in the West of Scotland and worked variously as a tax officer, oil worker and Kibbutz labourer before returning to higher education to study literature. He now works for the University of Strathclyde. His debut novel The Borough was published in 1995 and A Conspiracy of Hope followed in 1996, both published by Serpent's Tail. His novel Lachlan's War was published in 2006 by Viking to much acclaim. His fourth novel, Four New Word for Love, was published by Freight in 2013. He lives on the south side of Glasgow with his wife and children.